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Weekend Bits

How I feel every morning I get up:

1morning

 

Weekend Bites:
2pickles Fried pickles {hey, we’re in the south}

3chix

 

Jerk chicken

Best thing on the grill recently?

4broccolini Broccolini!

5pad thai Homemade pad thai and dumplings with J.

A gift from our new neighbor: fresh trigger fish.

6trigger Most beautiful things I saw this weekend: 7boy and father A boy and his father.

8bee A honey bee that reminded me of J {he’s also a bee keeper}.

What I’ve been listening to all weekend:

Alina Baraz – Drift (Prod. by Galimatias)

9sunset And a peek outside that always reveals the most gorgeous sunsets!

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Hokey Pokey or Honeycomb Toffee Candy {Easy 5 Minute Recipe}

Oddly enough, one of my highest rated videos is about a 5 minute glass candy recipe.  I’ve since gotten so many requests to do more easy candy videos and it occurred to me that this puffy, spongy candy that I’ve been eating since I was a kid would be a perfect one to do next.  Sometimes referred to as cinder or sponge toffee, I know and love it as hokey pokey.

5 Minute Candy Recipe for Hokey Pokey / Honeycomb Toffee

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Hokey Pokey or Honeycomb Toffee Candy {Easy 5 Minute Recipe}
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ c sugar
  • ¼ c corn syrup
  • 1 ts vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ts soda

Instructions
  1. Dissolve the sugar and syrup in a heavy bottomed pot and bring to a slow bubble for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla and salt.
  3. Prepare a parchment/silpat covered surface and work quickly as you sprinkle in the baking soda. Whisk it together and quickly spread it onto your surface.
  4. Cool and allow to set then break apart.

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Key Lime Bars

There’s something about living on this island that makes me crave a number of things everyday.  Ice cream or shaved ice, piña coladas, and lots of fresh citrus.  I can’t deny that I’ve had one or more everyday but rationalize that all the swimming makes it a reasonable choice.  Seems like sound logic to me.

When I spotted these at the farmers market, they begged, no screamed to come home with me.  What I’d do with them, I knew instantly.

Key Lime Bars Recipe

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Key Lime Bars
 
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Ingredients
Crust
  • 5 oz cookies {for me, it was 2 dozen ginger snaps}
  • 4 tb melted, salted butter
Filling
  • 2 oz room temperature cream cheese
  • ½ tb key lime zest
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 room temperature large egg yolk
  • ½ c fresh key lime juice
  • ½ tb unbleached flour

Instructions
  1. For the crust, crush the cookies {you can use graham/animal crackers, ginger snaps, biscotti, etc} and combine with the melted butter. Push onto a pan to form a crush and bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Cool.
  2. For the filling, creamy together the cream cheese, zest, and condensed milk. Add the salt and blend in the yolk.
  3. Slowly stream in the lime juice and mix until well combined but make sure not to over mix. You don’t want too much air incorporated into the filling.
  4. Lastly, sprinkle in the flour.
  5. Fill the crust with the filling and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Set on a cooling rack then transfer to the fridge to set for a minimum of 3-4 hours or overnight.

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Happy 4th of July!

4th

For some patriotic foodie inspiration, check out some sweet treats to make your weekend sweeter!

4th of July Pie Pops Recipe

Pie Pops

#TBT RED WHITE & BLUE CAKE RECIPE

Red, White, and Blue layer cake

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies Recipe

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I took full advantage by watching fireworks with J on the beach {the island gets started early here} and having blueberry pie for breakfast.  Though Arthur swept by, the locals didn’t even flinch and the party commenced as usual.  Cheers to a weekend bursting with sunshine, crashing waves, and more fireworks!

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

Mini Chocolate Donuts {Baked}

My only regret in life?  Not ever owning an easy bake oven.  {Kidding…kind of}  Boy was I envious of all my friends that would have me over to watch as miniature treats would magically emerge from that iconic pink oven.

Ah, sweet nostalgia.

So when I saw this miniature donut pan at the shop, the inner kid me in yelped for joy, while the adult in me calmly walked up to the counter to pay and gleefully smile as I drove home to make these.

Mini Chocolate Donuts Baked Recipe

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Mini Chocolate Donuts {Baked}
 
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Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • ½ c unbleached flour
  • ¼ ts baking powder
  • ⅛ ts baking soda
  • ⅛ ts fine salt
  • 2 tb melted chocolate
  • 1 tb sour cream
  • ¼ ts instant coffee
  • ⅓ c brown sugar
  • 3 tb canola/veggie/grapeseed oil
  • 1 egg

Instructions
  1. In the first bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder/soda, and salt.
  2. In the second bowl, whisk together the cooled melted chocolate and sour cream.
  3. Still working with the second bowl, blend in the coffee, sugar, oil, and egg.
  4. Fill a well greased miniature donut pan ¼ of the way full and bake at 350 for 4-6 minutes.

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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